Thursday, May 23, 2024
Emily Brown and the Thing

Emily Brown And The Thing

by Mark Warner
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Emily and Stanley find a ‘Thing’ crying outside their window. They embark on a series of adventures to find everything he needs for a good night’s sleep… but nothing seems to work. What is troubling the Thing, and why can’t he get to sleep?

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Before reading the story, discuss what the ‘Thing’ might be.
  • Read the other books about Emily Brown and make a timeline showing her adventures.
  • Can you find any examples of onomatopoeia in the story?
  • Rewrite the story as a diary entry from Emily’s point of view… or from the Thing’s point of view.
  • Emily visits the Dark and Scary wood. Can you find any synonyms for ‘dark’ and ‘scary’.
  • The Thing’s cuddly is found at the top of the twistiest and thorniest tree. Can you think of any more superlatives?
  • The author uses capital letters at different points in the story. Can you explain why?
  • Can you carry out some research to find out more about the author? Watch this video and think of questions that you would like to ask her:


  • The Thing only had one hundred hamburgers and ones small apple for his tea. Can you plan a healthy meal for him?
  • Emily Brown and Stanley are trying to sleep when the Thing keeps interrupting them. Why do we need sleep? When do animals sleep? Can you find out about noctural animals?


  • Look at the fonts used in the book title and throughout the story. Could you design a new title using interesting and exciting fonts?

Design Technology

  • Make a model of the Thing using craft materials.


  • Look at the different colours, textures and patterns used in the story. How would you describe them? Can you try to recreate some of them?
  • The illustrator created the ‘Thing’ based on the author’s description. Could you design a new ‘Thing’?


  • Compose a relaxing tune to help the Thing get to sleep at night.


  • Draw a map showing the places that Emily, Stanley and the Thing go to.


  • Emily Brown keep helping the Thing but he keeps bothering them. How do you think this makes Emily feel?

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